Pidgey was a rescue from the compost bins. Dawn had hatched nine out of twelve eggs and the protocol here is to leave the unhatched eggs in the nest for a couple of days in case they are just late hatching and then they go in the compost. All eggs are broken open before being tossed so when cracking one of them it peeped! The egg was taken into the house and the chick was helped out of the shell. It may have been a day or so early because the veins inside the egg were not entirely absorbed and the chick took a good part of the day to detach itself from the umbilical cord. It was very weak to the point of not even being able to hold its head up for the first 24 hours. With a lot of encouragement it gained strength and was taught to eat and drink and eventually started to spend it’s days outside in the yard and in a cardboard box at night. It continues to grow and thrive. Hopefully it’s a hen.